Report on Plans and Priorities 2012-13 - Overview
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ISBN number : 1917-8727
Publish date : August 15, 2012
Each year, the Agency prepares its Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP), which presents its expenditure plan for a three-year period. The report also gives detailed information on the Agency’s main priorities and anticipated results for the coming year, while establishing links with the resources required.
To nurture Quebec’s economic growth, the Agency will intensify its action with respect to business development and continue its support for regional economic development and the strengthening of community economies.
Moreover, the Agency has updated its regional economic development vision. It has also drawn up the Quebec Economic Development Program, in effect since April 1, 2012.
The Agency’s approach is inspired by the best practices identified with respect to regional economic development. It is:
- consistent with government priorities and national strategies in line with its object and anticipated results;
- geared to the economic issues and challenges of enterprises and the different regions of Quebec by building on their assets and potential;
- collaborative with economic agents, such as local partners, other federal departments and agencies, the Quebec government and municipal organizations.
Agency in action
In the long term, the Agency targets the following strategic outcome:
Quebec’s regions have a growing economy.
The Agency acts in relation to several beneficiaries, predominantly including
- enterprises (particularly small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] and asset-operating organizations) and
- non-profit organizations (NPOs).
The Agency supports them in their development projects primarily by providing financial assistance for project implementation.
With a view to promoting the economic development of Quebec regions and attaining the strategic outcome it has set itself, the Agency has at its disposal several programs, among other things, and implements different temporary initiatives.
Quebec Economic Development Program
Canada-wide programs implemented in Quebec by the Agency
- Community Futures Program
- North American Platform Program
Infrastructure Canada delivery partner
- Building Canada Fund–Quebec
- Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund
- Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund
- Linguistic Duality Economic Development Initiative
- Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec’s Forest Economies (TISQFE)
- Support Initiative for International Cruise Development Along the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers
- Contribution Program to Fund Construction of a Gas Pipeline Between Vallée-Jonction and Thetford Mines
The Agency’s priorities and its overall intervention are in line with the Government of Canada’s major priorities, while adjusting to the economic issues and challenges of Quebec enterprises and regions and its management challenges. The Agency’s intervention contributes to the attainment of tangible results so as to encourage the development of SMEs and the regions.
But economic development largely depends, on the one hand, on local and regional enterprises and economic stakeholders who design and execute the projects it supports and, on the other hand, on the economic context. The resulting business opportunities will influence the quantity, scale, timetable and success rate of the projects the Agency supports.
Quebec’s regions have a growing economy.
|Total planned spending||300,751||228,208||224,871|
|Human resources in full-time equivalents||359||333||325|
|Regional economic development||37,027||34,806||34,916|
|Strengthening community economies||96,918||35,824||31,935|
1 - The decrease in both financial and human resources between 2012-13 and 2014-15 is attributable to the termination of funding for several temporary initiatives over the next few years.
Other factors also explain the variation in financial and human resources over the next few years, among them the implementation of the 2010 Strategic Review, application of decisions within the framework of the administrative services review and the absorption of salary increases provided for in the collective agreements in view of the operating budget freeze announced in the 2010 Budget.
Note that the data presented in this table are forecasts based on the information available when the RPP 2012-13 was drafted. The renewal or addition of initiatives could therefore lead to variations in the amount and number of resources allocated.
2 - The Agency has set itself results targets for its strategic outcome and each program activity. Section 2 of the RPP 2012-13 provides details concerning these targets as well as information on performance indicators.
- 3 - The planned financial resources in 2012-13 presented in the RPP for that year correspond to the data presented in the Main Estimates 2012-13.
In 2012-13, the Agency set itself four priorities established to reflect Government of Canada priorities, economic challenges and issues faced by Quebec SMEs and regions, and the main Departmental risks.
Priority #1: Support Quebec’s economic growth by intensifying support for enterprise development
Support enterprises, particularly SMEs and asset-operating NPOs, by building on:
- innovation and technology transfer
- commercialization and exports
Priority #2: Support Quebec’s economic growth by continuing support for the regions’ economic development
Support the regions’ economic development, by building on:
- regional engagement
Priority #3: Continue strengthening community economies
Support the strengthening of community economies, by:
- completing implementation of the TISQFE in communities affected by the forestry crisis
Priority #4: Continue implementation of the transformation and modernization initiative at the Agency
The Agency will do so by:
- implementing its new program in line with its new vision
- continuing to provide an enhanced, more accessible, more modern service offering
- building on a more modern, stimulating, efficient work environment, while managing change
For further information about Agency priorities, consult the 2012-2013 Report on Plans and Priorities.
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